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Case Study: Microsoft Speeds Tool Delivery With Agile Development

March 27, 2009

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  • By Dave West
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • David D'Silva

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Microsoft's TeamArch, which is responsible for the Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architect product, faced multiple challenges that interfered with its ability to rapidly deliver a plug-in tool with the right capabilities. Some of the challenges included fuzzy requirements, a large development organization, and widely varied target customers. How did the team respond? It transformed the way it worked, introducing tighter customer relationships, Agile development practices, and more-transparent stakeholder communication. These changes, coupled with an almost manic focus on delivery, enabled the team to challenge the status quo, delivering faster and with higher quality. The team's practices also have relevance in other technology contexts, and many application development professionals can apply the lessons Microsoft learned.

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Table of Contents

  • On Time And On Budget Is Easy; Building The Right Software Is Hard
  • The Team Incrementally Improves Its Development Practices

  • Introduce An Agile Development Process
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